Stargazer lily

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
July 25, 2010


One of the most stunning and perhaps most celebrated lily varieties is the stargazer lily. Known for its striking blooms and heavenly scent, the stargazer is a fantastic choice for a number of occasions. Delicate, bold, and fragrant all at once, stargazers can say Congratulations, I’m Sorry, and everything in between.

The stargazer has added a new layer to the already rich legacy of lilies, which have been a significant floral symbol for centuries. In ancient mythology and in folklore from around the world, the lily has appeared as a deeply spiritual and philosophical metaphor. Developed in the latter part of the 20th century, the stargazer lily is a recent addition to the lily family, but this unique and rather exotic hybrid has rapidly risen in popularity to become one of the most adored and sought-after of all lily varieties.

The lily family has traditionally represented innocence and purity. These motifs appeared as far back as ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and reappeared in biblical traditions. Stargazer lilies have come to be associated with these meanings, but they’ve taken on additional meanings as well. White stargazer lilies, in particular, have come to characterize a sense of purity and are often used as an expression of sympathy. The pink varieties are also considered symbolic of wealth and prosperity, as well being as a sign of aspiration.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 macro at 45 mm
iso 100, spot metered, aperture priority F9.5, 1/125 second


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  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 4 years ago

    Oh thank you for posing this Mike! I have been waiting and waiting for mine to bloom and a rabbit ate it!!!!!! So I will admire yours instead! Wonderful capture!

  • Glad to help, Robin! :o) Thanks so very much!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carveralmost 4 years ago

    Eye-catching! Love how the background tones mimic the fleur-du-jour.

  • Many thanks, Lee-Anne. The background is that bright orange mulch my sister insists on spreading everywhere. It was hard to get a shot without that taking over the whole scene!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    Magnificent color… what a great capture… such a gorgeous flower. :)))

  • Greatly appreciated, Cookie! I look forward to these flowering every year and they never disappoint!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellalmost 4 years ago

    A great flower. It certainly is stunning.

  • Thanks so very much, Fred. They are quite the sight!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot. My favorite is the tiger lily.

  • Much appreciated, Al. I find these are just a little on the gaudy side, but are rather striking, nonetheless

    – Mike Oxley

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 4 years ago

    totally nice

  • Many thanks, Bobby!

    – Mike Oxley

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 4 years ago

    I like Bobby’s comment – this is indeed Totally Nice. Even if it is sticking its pretty tongue out at you. Nice stuff, Oxley.

  • Much appreciated, Sheila. Deep in the Riverdale “Wilds”, once again – Sister’s front yard portion. Had to fight off the “Fierce Attack Cat” to get these shots. Daft bugger kept trying to roll across my shoes.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtalmost 4 years ago

    What a beauty!!!!!!!! Nicely done Mikey!! :P

  • Thanks so very much, Tracy. They’re making their annual appearance in the front yard at my sisters. Should have seen them today – 6 blooms out in all their glory.

    – Mike Oxley

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 4 years ago
    Gosh Mike you really have a talent for finding these unusal plants, again we have nothing like that here,

    great capture.

  • Greatly appreciated, Malcolm. I didn’t have to look to far for these – they appear every year in my sister’s garden. :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago


  • Much appreciated, Lorilee! Thanks!

    – Mike Oxley

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